The NBA season is now in full swing, as many fans are getting excited for All-Star weekend coming up. All-Star weekend means that the trade deadline is soon approaching, and it looks as though a few NBA stars will end up in different jerseys after the trade deadline. There are a few ways NBA teams can change their rosters, as they can draft players, sign players, and even trade away players for assets they feel better fit their team. At this point in the NBA season, teams are getting to see how their season is probably going to play out, whether it be they will be pushing for a playoff run understanding it might be time for a rebuild. This means teams will now be making moves to help their rosters, which means trades between teams will become more common until the trade deadline ends.
In this article, we will be looking at 15 NBA stars who could be in different jerseys by the time the trade deadline ends. As always, feel free to leave any other stars you think could be traded in the comment section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts on this matter.
Here are the top 15 NBA stars who will be in different jerseys after the trade deadline.
15 Hassan Whiteside
The Heat are one of the worst teams in the league, which no one is really surprised by considering their best player Dwyane Wade signed with the Chicago Bulls this offseason. The Heat have enough talent to be a good team in this league, however their record of 11-30 (as of Jan.16) definitely doesn't reflect on how the team could be performing. The Heat have said that they are open for business regarding trades, as they have stated literally everyone on the team is available, even their star center Hassan Whiteside. The Heat will most likely look to move the big man for some younger assets or draft picks, and Whiteside could be a great addition to a team looking for a talented center.
14 Rudy Gay
Even though the Kings have one of the best centers in the league in DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have a losing record and are fighting for a playoff spot in the West. Cousins isn't the only star on the team however, as Rudy Gay, an offensive minded wing player, is a serious threat to score in large quantities. The Kings have expressed interest in trading Gay since last year, and a couple different teams are looking to acquire Rudy Gay before the trade deadline ends.
The Clippers have stated they want to trade for Gay, however they are aware they might not have the young assets the Kings are looking for to be able to get Gay. Many other teams have expressed interest in getting the talented wing player, which may mean we see Gay in another jersey pretty soon.
13 Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo is completely out of the Bulls rotation. Yes, All-Star caliber Rajon Rondo has lost all of his minutes to guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant. It's confusing to some, however Rondo hasn't played well at all this season, and coach Fred Hoiberg must not be happy with Rondo's play. Considering Rondo is out of the Bulls' rotation but still has value on the trade market, it would not be surprising at all to see Rondo moved to another team before the trade deadline ends.
Teams like the Cavaliers have expressed interest in getting Rondo to be their backup point guard. I personally would like to see Rondo traded, as it's just a little odd to see Rondo stay on the bench the entire game now.
12 Brook Lopez
The Nets are easily one of the worst teams in the league, which means they have little reason to keep former All-Star center Brook Lopez. Sitting last in the Eastern Conference, the Nets should be in total rebuild mode, which means they will be looking to trade Lopez for some young assets or draft picks. Nets management said they are looking for two first round picks for Lopez, however I'm not sure which teams will be looking to get Lopez for that price.
Lopez is a talented scorer with a nice three point shot for a big man, and the Nets would be smart to move him for pretty much whatever they can get, as they really need to embrace the rebuild that they are now in.
11 Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor had an excellent rookie season, as he averaged over 17 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers. However, with Joel Embiid quickly becoming one of the league's most promising young stars, Okafor is having trouble finding his spot with the overcrowded big man situation in Philly. It seems as though the team was going to keep Okafor and Embiid, however Nerlens Noel is outplaying Okafor this season, which may mean the team will be looking to move Okafor instead of Noel. Okafor will most likely be traded for a young wing player or guard, as the Sixers are in need of some talent at the 1 or the 2. Drafted with the 3rd pick in the 2015 draft, hopefully the Sixers can get some good assets for the Duke big man.
10 Ricky Rubio
The Timberwolves have not been as good as people thought they were going to be. Seeing the Wolves sitting near the bottom of the Western Conference is very surprising due to the growing talent they have on the roster. Drafting Kris Dunn with their first round draft pick last year looked to be one the final pieces in the Wolves rebuild, however Dunn has been anything but spectacular this season. The team may want to move Rubio for either some draft picks this upcoming draft or some young players, as the team obviously still needs some more room to grow and there is no reason for them to keep the aging Rubio on the team for much longer.
Considering Dunn is set to replace Rubio as the starter soon anyway, Rubio may sign to a different team when his contract is up which means the Wolves should trade him away before he can leave for nothing.
9 Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is incredibly talented and when he's hot, he can be one of the more dominant players in the league. However he is having one of his worst seasons in recent years due to the Magic's front-court becoming very crowded due to the acquisition of Serge Ibaka this past offseason. Speaking of that trade, the Magic made that trade because they wanted to win now, however they aren't actually winning. Trading Vucevic is essential in the Magic's success, as they really should be building around guys like Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon and look to the future. Hopefully the Magic come to grips that they won't be making the playoffs this season, which means the best move would be trading their star big man.
8 Brandon Knight
The Suns are full of great young talent, however young guard Brandon Knight may be the odd man out on the roster, which may mean the Suns might want to look at trading him. You may know Knight as being the guy Kyrie Irving dropped in the Rising Stars Challenge or the guy DeAndre Jordan posterized terribly a few years back. However Brandon Knight is actually pretty talented on the court, and could start on many NBA teams. Knight's minutes have been unsteady this season, as the team is looking to feel out multiple lineups.
It would make sense for the Suns to trade Knight for some picks or another young asset to help their rebuild. Knight will probably like that too as he could get more minutes somewhere else.
7 Greg Monroe
The Bucks are underachieving this year, as many people believed that this year would be their coming out party. However the Bucks are hovering above .500, which isn't bad of course, but with the talent on their roster they could be doing a lot better. Greg Monroe just doesn't seem to fit on the roster, as he has even not even played in a few games due to coach's decision. Monroe was a big name in the offseason, so the Bucks should look to trade the big man away before the deadline to get someone that can help their record more than Monroe has. For the good of both Greg Monroe and the Milwaukee Bucks, a trade would mutually help out both parties for sure.
6 Deron Williams
Deron Williams is the starting point-guard for the terrible Dallas Mavericks team who are sitting at the bottom of the standings. Mark Cuban has since said he doesn't see anyone valuuable enough in this upcoming draft for his team to tank to try to get them, however his team is tanking for him anyway. Deron Williams is far past his prime, and moving him away would help accelerate the rebuild that is very much needed in Dallas.
Everybody on the Mavericks roster who isn't under 23 should be considered as tradable except for Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, who really is one of the greatest NBA players of all-time who should never be traded from the team. Deron Williams will most likely be moved for some younger assets.
5 Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin is one of the best power forwards in the league, however he has had a lot of trouble staying healthy over the past few years for his Clipper teammates. What's funny about Griffin's absences from the team is the statistics that actually show the team is better when Griffin is off the court. The Clippers haven't gone deep into the playoffs for years now, and obviously their big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan is not working.
A big blockbuster trade including Griffin would benefit the Clips immediately. The Clippers could get some serious assets in trading Griffin, and I believe they will pull the trigger on trading him as they look to make a run into the playoffs this season.
4 Andre Drummond
Andre Drummond had a breakout campaign last NBA season, however this year he has come back to earth a bit despite many who thought he was going to build on his success this year. All of his stats are down, as he and the Pistons are struggling to get wins, as they are a few games under the .500 mark. Watching Drummond play, he just doesn't seem to have the same energy he played with during last season, as he seems lethargic and not willing to go for rebounds the way we have seen him do before. Maybe he is tired of losing in Detroit, and I bet management for the Pistons could get some serious talent if they decide to trade their star big man. The Pistons have some talent on the roster, and moving Drummond for some big names could end up helping the team a lot.
3 Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic is in the same boat as Hassan Whiteside, as he is a star player in his prime playing for a team in the middle of a rebuild. Considering the Heat are beginning to understand they aren't really winning games even though they have some star power on their roster. Dragic is an excellent scorer and facilitator who can go off for 30 plus on each and every night, and even with his talents, the Heat would be making a good move trading Gragic away. A lot of teams would love to get Dragic for a playoff push or to help them contend with the great teams in the league. Dragic is definitely a star in this league but he is on the wrong team and should be happy if the Heat end up trading him.
2 Carmelo Anthony
The Knicks are obviously doing something wrong...I mean they just lost to the Sixers on a buzzer beater by T.J. McConnell for pete's sake. Just joking, I am a huge Sixers fan. However the Knicks are not the super-team that their point-guard Derrick Rose stated them to be before the season started, as the Knicks are once again finding themselves out of a playoff spot in the East. Knicks, enough trying to buy old stars for a playoff run! You have one of the best young stars in the league with Kristaps Porzingis and it's time to build around him with young guys.
This means the Knicks may end up wanting to trade Melo, who probably is in need of a change in scenery at this point anyway. Melo said he would allow a trade to either the Clippers or the Cavaliers. The Knicks need to make a change now, and trading Melo would set a big precedent they are ready to rebuild.
1 DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins is easily one of the best players in the league...hands down. Unfortunately for the Kings though, Cousins' presence on the court for them doesn't always lead to wins. The Kings have been one of the worst teams in the league for years now, and it is time for them to part ways with their star big man, as it is clear they should embrace a rebuild. Cousins has had multiple off court incidents this season, and it would be very smart for the Kings to get him off their plate before the trade deadline ends.
Many teams in the NBA would love to have the skill-set Cousins brings to the table, and the Kings should trade him for some young players or some seriously intriguing draft picks in future years to come. It may be odd seeing Cousins in a different jersey, but it makes sense for both Cousins and the Kings.
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